By Fardous Bahbouh Andrea Duristova is on a mission to help people communicate in various occasions and locations: courtrooms, prisons, hospitals, and weddings. Andrea Duristova is a linguist working as a Public Service Interpreter of Slovak, Czech and Spanish in London. She specialises in legal interpreting and works mainly at courts, law firms, police stations, prisons, probation offices and social services. In addition to interpreting, she teaches Community Interpreting and Met Test courses and she helps in organising workshops and seminars for interpreters. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting from Comenius University in Bratislava and a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. She is currently preparing for her exams for a postgraduate course in conference interpreting. I first met Andrea at one of my Arabic courses. She stood out as a funny, talented and a kind person. She likes learning languages, exploring different cultures, reading the Bible and building bridges among different cultures and religions. Andrea is very inspirational, hard-working and super organised. She has been self-employed for over seven years. Andrea always shares tips and advice on being self-employed with friends and colleagues. She told me “I admire all people who love unconditionally, who serve others and who believe that if the job is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” When did you come to London and how does its diversity influence your life and passion for languages? I came to London for the first time during my g [...]

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